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Undercover Video Shows 'Horrific' Conditions At California Duck Farm

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

Following a weeks-long undercover investigation, animal rights group Mercy for Animals has released an undercover video that allegedly shows widesprea...

How the Farm Bill Protects Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The ASPCA has been closely following the progress of the federal Farm Bill for months. Now that it's passed, one provision in particular deserves your attention because it will make a big difference in the fight to end animal cruelty.

FDA: Pull Back Big Pharma's Veil on Antibiotics Sold for Animal Feed

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

So long as no one questions how and where antibiotics get used in food production, Big Pharma keeps profiting from selling more of these precious drugs than they ought to.

Obama Campaign Stop at Factory Farm Propaganda Site, Billed as 'Grassroots Event'

Dave Murphy | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green
Dave Murphy

By showing up at the Paul R. Knapp "Animal Learning Center," President Obama and his staff show that they are out of touch with the needs of rural Iowans and likely to continue to plow down their unsustainable path of supporting the industrial agribusiness lobby.

Global Meat Production and Consumption Continue to Rise

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.13.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Global meat production and consumption has increased rapidly in recent decades, with harmful effects on the environment and public health as well as on the economy.

Factory Farming Is Manufacturing Superbugs -- and Endangering Us All

Johann Hari | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

The squandering of life-saving antibiotics is one example of a bigger trend hijacking global politics. Small groups of rich people, determined to maximize profits, are buying or bamboozling politicians into serving their interests and into ignoring ours.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez: Our Water's Polluted? Let Them Drink Milk!

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

Ending last year's pitched battle between industrial dairy's desire to avoid regulation and the public's right to clean, safe drinking water, New Mexi...

Cheap Protein: Are You Stuck in the Drive-Thru Lane?

Chris Elam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Elam

If we're trying to be careful with our dollars while still managing to eat, is our last surest option the drive-thru lane -- or are there other possibilities?

A Winning Issue for Obama in 2010: Factory Farm Reform

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

If President Obama really wants to champion a bipartisan issue, he should consider tackling the worst excesses of industrial animal agriculture, better known as factory farming.

Drugs, Poisons and Metals in Our Meat -- USDA Needs A Major Overhaul

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Washington dumped some more bad news Friday afternoon when the USDA's Office of Inspector General issued a damning and unsettling report on the department's "National Residue Program for Cattle."

You Want Chicken Poop With That Steak? Why FDA Should Ban Feces From Feed

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

We feed chicken manure to cattle because it's cheap; and because we produce far too much of it to properly dispose of as fertilizer.

Gratifying Reviews for Animal Factory

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Kirby

When you work hard for three long years, researching and writing a non-fiction book and hoping that it might be well-received, if not a financial wind...

This Just In: Indiana to Pop Giant Crap Bubbles on Thursday

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

The Indiana Dept. of Environmental Mgmt. will dispatch a team to Winchester to excise the explosive, deadly methane gas that has been trapped under the lining of a mega-dairy.

The Nutritional Superiority of Pasture Raised Animals

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

You are what you eat - and the same goes for the animals whose meat, milk and eggs you put in your mouth. We should not only be concerned about what we eat, but what our food eats as well.

Obama's Factory Farm Policy: Not As Bad As You Think

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kirby

Candidate Obama won the all-important Iowa caucuses largely due to his aggressive posture on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms.

Obama Keeps Two Factory Farm Promises - Will Hold "National Rural Summit"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

I learned on Friday that the administration will soon rein in Big Ag and announce a "National Rural Summit," something that candidate Obama had promised but failed to accomplish in his first 100 days.

Animal Factory Book Excerpt - Is Manure a Hazardous Substance? Blanche Lincoln Says "No"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

Pro-Agribusiness members of Congress are working to make sure spilled animal waste from industrial farms is exempted from federal Superfund clean-up rules.

The "Vegan Prom" and Other Forms of Activism

Anneli Rufus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Anneli Rufus

Jack Norris heads Vegan Outreach, a nonprofit whose volunteers distribute millions of free booklets every year at concerts and festivals, on college campuses and streetcorners.

Meat Takes a Beating, Gets a Blessing on Larry King

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Larry King and cheap processed meat. They've got a lot in common: both smush together scraps of debatable value and dubious origin and extrude them as suitable fodder for our more credulous compatriots.

Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.

H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd - Keep Your Eye on Factory Farms, China, and the Birds

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.

Reuters Mangles Flu Story and Blasts "Wild Theories" About "Evil Factory Farms"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Kirby

It's entirely possible that the Smithfield facility at La Gloria had nothing to do with this outbreak. But it's not exactly a "wild theory" -- Smithfield pigs are being tested for the new H1N1 strain as I write this.